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Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu

Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu

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Published by Pantheon Books
The author of the widely praised debut novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe returns with a hilarious, heartbreaking, and utterly original collection of short stories.

A big-box store employee is confronted by a zombie during the graveyard shift, a problem that pales in comparison to his inability to ask a coworker out on a date . . . A fighter leads his band of virtual warriors, thieves, and wizards across a deadly computer-generated landscape, but does he have what it takes to be a hero? . . . A company outsources grief for profit, its slogan: “Don’t feel like having a bad day? Let someone else have it for you.”

Drawing from both pop culture and science, Charles Yu is a brilliant observer of contemporary society, and in Sorry Please Thank You he fills his stories with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and piercing insight into the human condition. He has already garnered comparisons to such masters as Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, and in this new collection we have resounding proof that he has arrived (via a wormhole in space-time) as a major new voice in American fiction.
The author of the widely praised debut novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe returns with a hilarious, heartbreaking, and utterly original collection of short stories.

A big-box store employee is confronted by a zombie during the graveyard shift, a problem that pales in comparison to his inability to ask a coworker out on a date . . . A fighter leads his band of virtual warriors, thieves, and wizards across a deadly computer-generated landscape, but does he have what it takes to be a hero? . . . A company outsources grief for profit, its slogan: “Don’t feel like having a bad day? Let someone else have it for you.”

Drawing from both pop culture and science, Charles Yu is a brilliant observer of contemporary society, and in Sorry Please Thank You he fills his stories with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and piercing insight into the human condition. He has already garnered comparisons to such masters as Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, and in this new collection we have resounding proof that he has arrived (via a wormhole in space-time) as a major new voice in American fiction.

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Published by: Pantheon Books on May 21, 2012
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Root canal is one fifty, give or take, depending on who’sdoing it to you. A migraine is two hundred.Not that I get the money. The company gets it. What Iget is twelve dollars an hour, plus reimbursement for pain-killers. Not that they work.I feel pain for money. Other people’s pain. Physical,emotional, you name it.Pain is an illusion, I know, and so is time, I know, Iknow. I know. The shift manager never stops reminding us.Doesn’t help, actually. Doesn’t help when you are on yourthird broken leg of the day.I get to work three minutes late and already there are ninetickets in my inbox. I close my eyes, take a deep breath,open the first ticket of the morning:I’m at a funeral.Feeling grief.Someone else’s grief. Like wearing a stranger’s coat, stillwarm with heat from another body.I’m feeling a mixture of things.

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